Point Judith Capital Blog
I commented on a piece recently in the Boston Business Journal regarding what successful entrepreneurs and technology executives are doing with their wealth and how this impacts the Boston technology and business ecosystem. Interest in this area has likely increased as there have been some outstanding technology liquidity events in Boston since the 2000/2001 bubble burst that have been chronicled by Jeff Bussgang and others in a number of places.
I had fun in college. I also had fun last weekend at the Nantucket Conference.
The similarities between the two don’t end there. Like college, the Nantucket Conference is full of extremely intelligent professors who teach extraordinary things at a pace that makes your brain hurt. At this year’s event, the professors included: Brent Grinna, Scott Savitz, David Cancel, Cory von Wallenstein, Piet Morgan, Chad Dickerson, Eric Hellweg, David Aronoff, David Chang, David S. Rose, David Tisch, Spencer Ante, Neil Blumenthal, Larry Bohn, John West, Gail Goodman, Jon Oringer, David Skok, David Rose, Hayley Barna, Prat Vemana, Rudina Seseri, Mike Baker, Dulcie Madden, Slava Rubin, Scott Kirsner, Eric Paley, Janet Holian.
There has been a lot of buzz within the past few days around Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs – and rightfully so. In less than 4 years, Nest has revolutionized the way we think about our homes. With their first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, and more recently, with the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, Nest has found a way to make devices that were previously ignored into something people get excited about. Founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, took a page from their work at Apple and turned your household thermostat and smoke detector into sleek, internet-connected devices that can be controlled by your smartphone.